Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up some hard hit balls early, and the Cardinals capitalized on three hits in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead. Matsuzaka continued to give up hard contact in the second, and was victimized by some poor defense and a ball that was scorched off the second base umpire while giving up three more hits and another run as the Cardinals expanded their lead to 2-0.
John Lannan relieved Matsuzaka in the third, and allowed back to back hits to open the frame before uncorking a wild pitch. He then gave up a run on a sacrifice fly but escaped without further damage as the Cardinals went up 3-0. The Cardinals took a 4-0 lead in the fourth when they added another run off Lannan (which was unearned due to a a Ruben Tejada error).
The Mets got a run back in the bottom of the fifth on a Kirk Nieuwnehuis groundout, but the Cardinals got it right back in the top of the sixth when a two out, two base error on Andrew Brown paved the way for another run to score. That made it 5-1 St. Louis.
- Daisuke Matsuzaka got the start and gave up 6 hits and 2 runs (1 earned) in 2 innings of work. Some of the hits were due to poor defense, but mostly all of the contact off Dice-K was hard contact.
- John Lannan gave up 2 runs (1 earned) in 2 innings pitched. He allowed 3 hits and walked none.
- David Wright went 0 for 3.
- Daniel Murphy went 1 for 2 with a double and a walk.
- Rafael Montero tossed two extremely sharp innings, giving up just one questionable hit (a misplay by Ruben Tejada).
- Travis d’Arnaud went 1 for 2 with a double.
- Ruben Tejada went 0 for 2 and made an error (and 2 other misplays) at shortstop.
- Vic Black walked 1 and struck out 2 in his scoreless inning of work.
- Jeurys Familia struck out 1 during a perfect frame.
- Steven Matz touched 95 MPH with his fastball and flashed solid secondaries while striking out 3 in a scoreless inning.
Ruben Tejada, in his first game action in a while, looked brutal on both sides of the ball. He made a fielding error on a slow grounder hit right at him, and misplayed two other balls (one that easily could’ve gone for another error). He also had a poor day at the plate, going 0 for 2 while making only weak contact.
The Mets travel to Lakeland to take on the Tigers tomorrow at 1:05 PM. Noah Syndergaard gets the start for the Mets.